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HIDRIA SPACEFOLK

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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This group of five self-taught musicians will certainly capture the attention of OZRIC TENTACLES fans. Their music is loaded with textures and colours that leave most space rock bands sounding like a sample machine stuck in loop mode. It's actually going somewhere: on all of their albums, the tracks evolve continuously, with the music occasionally returning to specific themes but with something new each time. Overall, their material sounds like a less guitar-dominated OZRIC and without the heavy techno influence.

Their three albums are pure instrumental excursions into psychedelia propelled by Tim Blake-like droning and burbling synths, Steve Hillage-like guitar arpeggios, pulsating bass lines, phasing sitars and precise drumming with the occasional JETHRO TULL flute work (simultaneous flute blowing and vocalizing) and some infectious grooving rhythm lines that make you want to move around, bang your head and dance nonsensically. A fact worth mentioning: the acoustic elements on all of their albums are just as important as the synthesized ones, giving their sound a slightly Middle-Eastern or Far-East flavour.

Trippy, energetic, hypnotic space rock highly recommended to fans of OZRIC TENTACLES in particular, but will also appeal to those who don't usually like the genre as the band knows how to diversify and never stays in one place.

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3.95 | 77 ratings
Symbiosis
2002
3.69 | 46 ratings
Balansia
2004
3.83 | 61 ratings
Symetria
2007
3.83 | 42 ratings
Astronautica
2012

HIDRIA SPACEFOLK Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.16 | 8 ratings
Live Eleven a.m.
2005
4.00 | 7 ratings
Live at Heart
2007

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3.00 | 5 ratings
Violently Hippy Remixes
2004

HIDRIA SPACEFOLK Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.72 | 24 ratings
HDRSF-01 (EP)
2001
4.00 | 2 ratings
Cycloop
2012

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 Symbiosis by HIDRIA SPACEFOLK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.95 | 77 ratings

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Symbiosis
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars If only the album panned out to be of the quality standards of ''Pangaea'', then I would say that SYMBIOSIS is one of the great examples of modern space rock. It's got the world music influence and synthscapes of the Ozric Tentacles at their best, but throws enough rock into the mix to be different. It's got discernible sections of different dynamic levels and the whole transitioning of the piece is rather smooth. It's easily the highlight of the record.

Then the rest of the album hits and only ''Kanem Boss'' and ''I-Mantra'' can even sniff what ''Pangaea'' did. That ''same-y'' feeling that I get by the time ''Jahwarp'' is rather disappointing considering the psychedelic promise of the epic finale. It's one of those decent albums that really frustrates me when I try to describe it because there's plenty of great potential in the whole bubbly space rock, but the dynamic level never really elevates except on the last track.

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3.83 | 61 ratings

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Symetria
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars On Hidria Spacefolk's latest studio album the band finally emerge from the shadow of Ozric Tentacles and establish their own sound. The fast-paced guitar-centred soundscapes on Symetria recall the textures of the faster and less languid post-rock bands, so the end result is an interesting fusion - space rock flavoured with post-rock, emerging at around the same time that the underrated Maserati were experimenting with post-rock tempered with space rock. With a harder edge to it and slightly more metal influence than Hidria's previous albums (and the Ozrics' own work), this is an intriguing, muscular space rock album which updates the genre admirably.

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Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Showing a major influence from the Ozric Tentacles, Hidria Spacefolk's debut album Synthesis is stuffed with the same sort of shimmering dance music/space rock crossbreed that the Ozrics made famous. In fact, that's rather a flaw with the album - it's so close to the Ozrics, it could be mistaken for a long-lost Ozrics album. And when the Tentacles themselves have already repeated their formula to the point of self-plagiarism, do we really need more people getting in on the act? It's a reasonably good stab at the Ozrics formula, but the Ozrics have done better - and have done better frequently enough that there's little reason to get even more albums in this vein unless you literally cannot get enough of them.

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Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is the latest studio album from HIDRIA SPACEFOLK called "Symetria". Their debut called "Symbiosis" is one I hold in high esteem when it comes to this genre.The one that followed and this their third studio album just don't measure up to it be honest. Sure they're both good albums but I feel spoiled after hearing their debut first. As someone else mentioned this one is maybe more straightforward and less innovative.The bottom line for me is that it had few moments that I really enjoyed. In that sense I feel that out of their three studio albums this is my least favourite.

"Symetria" opens with pounding drums and bass as the guitar and synths play over top. It's heavier before 1 1/2 minutes.Some good guitar before 2 minutes and after 4 minutes on this one. "Futur Lxiom" has a catchy rhythm early on. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes. Processed words come and go.It kicks back in around 4 minutes.This is good.The guitar sounds great 7 minutes in. "322" is my favourite, but even this one lets me down towards the end. Strummed guitar to open as the heaviness joins in quickly.This all sounds really good until it changes before 5 minutes.

"Flora / Fauna" has some guest accordion and a mellow soundscape early on. It gets fuller then settles back. Contrasts continue until a change for the better 3 minutes in as the tempo picks up. Guitar after 4 minutes, then the accordion returns 5 1/2 minutes in. Great track ! "Radien" builds until we get this catchy beat.The guitar is prominant 2 1/2 minutes in. It settles 5 minutes in but not for long. Great sound 7 minutes in. The OZRICS come to mind here. "Sine" has a darker than usual sound to start. It picks up before a minute then settles back 2 1/2 minutes in with spacey synths. Very psychedelic and I love it. It picks up 6 1/2 minutes in. A calm 10 minutes in to the end.

3 stars.

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3.83 | 61 ratings

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Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Crossover and E&O Teams

3 stars Fine, if this is direction, where Space prog escalated, then it's a(w)right. What is so spacy about it after all ? Maybe the sounds, maybe the concept, structure, but mostly, sounds. One simply can feel it, uplifting, co(s)mic winds that blows through prog galaxy, not careful about where they go, because it does blow fast and hard.

And also in cycles, as it can be seen as repetitive music by some. Like wise and mighty wikipedia says, "some argue" (which mostly shows opinion of writer of this addition to text, but wrapped in fancy words so it does not look like his opinion, but as opinion of "many"). And yeah, some argue that this music is masterpiece of all albums, or at least one of the best, while others don't know what the hell is going on here and why everyone's making fuss about it.

Who knows, I myself am not sure. I don't feel that it's bad enough to give 3 & lower, but not feeling for proper four star rating too.

3(+), music that doesn't surprise, but also doesn't offend. And should please you, if you weren't expecting too much. Cacophony at times. Too weary at times, promising (at times, you know the drill)

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Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by digdug

3 stars 3.5 stars really. I like Hidria Spacefolk. I really do. I have all their studio LPs and if another one comes out, I will more than likely pick it up. They are consistently good. I never come across a weak track. But then, I also rarely come across an amazing track either. They are very enjoyable to listen to, but the music all has a certain sameness to it. I find I really enjoy them in small doses mixed in with other albums, but if I listen to HS for an hour straight I get easily bored. This is instrumental fast moving space rock sort of half-way between Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles. Enjoyable but not distinctive enough for a 4 from me.

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 HDRSF-01 (EP) by HIDRIA SPACEFOLK album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.72 | 24 ratings

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HDRSF-01 (EP)
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

4 stars Into the Hidria...

...is the title of HIDRIA SPACEFOLK's first ever release, an EP consisting of more than 35 (!) minutes of instrumental psychedelic/space rock music. Without prolonging too much, the first thoughts that came to mind were that this is like listening to some of the best tunes that bands like Ozric Tentacles have ever produced... and I was not mistaken.

The opening track Amos Ame really caught my attention from the first minute. A beautiful 'dreamy' mid-tempo initial melody with fantastic drumwork was the best thing I could have expected from such an album. While the melody evolves with slightly distorted electric guitars, flutes and keyboards are discreetly used to give more colour to the track that is getting more and more adventurous... several 'smart' breaks and guitar solos add to the magic until the tracks turns to a freestyle 'reggae' tune, accompanied by flute solos and creative jazzy soloing that flow through until the end. Overall, a delightful experience and by far the highlight of this debut release.

Kafar-I sets off in a similar trend as its predecessor but with a more 'eastern' rhythm section and spacey sounds and samples before it turns to more funky/fusion progressive melodies midway through. A few more changes in the mood occur before the track concludes whilst a few charming riffs in the vein of 'Pulp Fiction' soundtrack (!) add to the overall quality. Influences from Ozric Tentacles become more obvious in Sindran Rastafan which flows in even more spacey and oriental roads. For the first time, strong keyboard sounds in the vein of Kraftwerk appear, but the underlying guitar melody still maintains the personal stigma of HIDRIA SPACEFOLK. As the track progresses, it becomes even darker and weirder, ultimately turning into an obscure electro rock piece.

A new surprise awaited me in Gnomen, as tribal percussion mixes with electronica to produce a short-in-length but utterly interesting result. This track will definitely appeal more to fans of progressive electronic. Marastronaut concludes this enjoyable EP with obscure sounds opening, followed by a relaxed atmosphere and changing again to harder 'a-la Porcupine Tree' riffs. Eventually these dark sounds return to sum up the story.

I have given this EP many 'spins' and I am still convinced that is a fantastic piece of music. Given the fact that is available at the band's website for free download, this is something that should not be missed. I bet that Ozric Tentacles (and the like) fans will be highly interested. Overall, this is a very enjoyable experience and is worth not less than 4 stars.

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3.72 | 24 ratings

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HDRSF-01 (EP)
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Hidria Spacefolk ( Into the Hidria) is the debut studio album from Finlandīs Hidria Spacefolk. As you can probably guess by looking at the name of the band this is psychadelic space rock. The album is only 35:13 minutes long and was actually released as a mini LP on the initial release.

The music is fully instrumental. Spacy keyboard sounds floating over a repetitive but pleasant beat and a slight techno influence is how I would describe the music. There are also some nice guitar playing and occasional flute. My favorite is the opener Amos Ame while Iīm not very excited about the ambient Gnomen.

The musicianship is very good. Precise playing and a good interplay between the musicians.

The production is warm and pleasant.

I think this is a good album, but not much more. This is the kind of music that can both be enjoyed as background music but also be used for more serious listening sessions even though thereīs really nothing challenging here. I enjoy the album but itīs not the kind of album that I will put on very often. Itīs simply too insignificant and without edge to suit my general taste. Hidria Spacefolk ( Into the Hidria) does deserve a 3 star rating though for being a high quality product. People into easy listening psychadelic space rock with a soft and pleasant sound should take a listen here.

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HDRSF-01 (EP)
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by clarke2001
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Not bad, but not really demanding neither. Personally, I think it sounds a bit hermetic. I'm not surprised this EP is available for free download in its entirety on www.hidriaspacefolk.st/index.php?id=5

The first track contains a pleasant riff, and the entire song is just a development of that groove. The same could be said about the second track, but this one is less catchy, and guitar is repeating the same two chords for on and on, plus, it's too high in the mix annoying. Everything else are noodlings and spacey sounds. The third track starts in the same vein, and I'm dangerously close to boredom here. However, the second part of the song contains some nice , although not very original middle-eastern melodies that are saving the song. But still the song is more than 8 minutes long without anything special going on. The fourth track starts with some ethnic percussion, and everything else are digital spacey sounds. The last song show more things going on: it starts with some hiss an ambient sounds that goes for too long, then continues in typical building up of layers; keyboards and guitars melted in a spacey spleen. Guitars are rising until they reach GONG-ish riff ,then we have some more middle - eastern melodies, and some sounds for the end. The end.

No , it doesn't sound terribly good. No matter how an EP "thematic" might be, this is just running out of ideas. I'm not quite sure why the tracks have names - they all sound more or less the same. Progressive rock should be all about pushing the boundaries; these guys are just playing safe. I certainly hope other albums are better than this. Progressive rock? Space rock? Who are they trying to fool?

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Symetria
Hidria Spacefolk Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Spacefarer

5 stars Wow, this album was a very pleasant surprise!! Iīve been a Hidria Fan since their EP "HDRSF-1", and have spent a lot of effort and money on getting all their releases from down here on Uruguay, and i think "Symetria" represents easily their best effort since the aforementioned debut. Donīt get me wrong i LOVED "Symbiosis" and "Balansia" as much as any selfrespecting Spacefarer would do, and really enjoyed the electronic techno beat dominating the latter, but i felt that it lacked a certain organic feeling present in the debut EP, i always say that it is the most danceable Space Rock album of all time, and at last, with "Symetria" weīre getting the groove back on this Spacefolk!! As other reviewers had commented the Hawkwind influence is very strong in this one, and IMHO that can only mean space rock heaven. Here is an album with a lot of range to it, we have the classic Hidria sound present in the tracks "Symetria" and the absolutely mindbending "Radien", their harder, more rockier edge is also present in "Futur Ixiom", "322" and "Sine" with his Sabbathy grooviness, and last but not least the folky and serene "Flora-Fauna" and its accordion driven charm.

Well, if you enjoy Hidria Spacefolk or any incarnation of the cosmic sounds of the Space Rock genre, you will absolutely LOVE this album, i really think itīs their most mature outing to date, taking all that which made great their previous albums and keeping it exiting and fresh.

Spacefarer out.

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